International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

INBAR Promotes Bamboo and Rattan in the Belt and Road Initiative

29 Apr 2019

INBAR joins the Belt and Road Initiative’s International Green Development Coalition as a partner and attends the Plenary Session for this Coalition along with other events at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

The Belt and Road Forum logo welcomes delegates including Heads of State, government Ministers, and Heads of UN agencies to Beijing

25-27 April 2019 saw the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, world leaders and experts on many areas of development arriving in Beijing for meetings that will outline the next year of action on China’s flagship programme connecting countries along the historic Silk Road with infrastructure, development and trade projects.

Ministry representatives, international organisations, NGOs and other knowledgeable entities are invited to join the Coalition

INBAR, as a Partner of the BRI International Green Development Coalition, (BRIGC) was invited to attend sessions on 25 and 26 April. BRIGC was formed to integrate the aims of sustainable development into the Belt and Road Initiative and is made up of country representatives, international organisations, NGO partners and other expert partners. The Coalition exists to help administrators gather consensus on green development, to facilitate exchange and transfer of knowledge and technology, and to achieve concrete results via collaborative activities and partnerships.

This high level meeting was a chance for INBAR to lay out its ideas on the ambitious green development of the Belt and Road. Last year, INBAR produced a short report on this topic, Bamboo & Rattan for the Belt & Road: A Vision of Bamboo and Rattan for Belt and Road. Although not all INBAR Member States are Belt and Road countries, INBAR and bamboo and rattan have an important role to play achieving the goals of this ambitious initiative.

INBAR’s vision for greening the Belt and Road using bamboo and rattan consists of four key elements.

  1. The development of green infrastructure using bamboo as an affordable, sustainable, versatile material. Bamboo has the potential to replace energy-intensive materials

  2. The promotion of trade between bamboo and rattan producing countries and other consumer countries along the New Silk Road.

  3. The use of bamboo and rattan as ecosystem services to support belt and Road countries to meet climate change, lad restoration or other environmental objectives.

  4. The potential for bamboo and rattan to foster collaboration between China, INBAR’s host country, and other countries along the Belt and Road.

INBAR Director General Ali Mchumo speaks at BRICG

INBAR Director General Ali Mchumo was invited to give a speech at the Plenary Session of the BRI International Green Development Coalition. He highlighted INBAR’s work in construction, innovation and infrastructure and invited other delegates to consider the potential of bamboo and rattan in their individual and collaborative projects.

The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation consisted of concurrent themed events and meetings

The UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was front and centre at several sessions during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres making headlines with his speech: “The Green Economy is the Future” at the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the 2030 Agenda, another event during the Forum.

For INBAR, the Belt and Road Initiative is an opportunity for huge investment in green economy, sustainable development and climate action.